The Boston Bruins coach won’t win the Jack Adams Award for coach of the year, but he is well deserving of the honor.
Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy coached a phenomenal season. He took a team that was looking to rebuild to the playoffs. The Bruins ended the season at No.2 in the Eastern Conference, not too shabby. Even with such a great season, he won’t win the award.
You would have to be living on another planet to not know about the success of the Vegas Golden Knights. They are the best expansion team in history so there head coach, Gerard Gallant will definitely win the award. If it wasn’t for Gallant it would be Cassidy’s award to lose.
Cassidy made a hand with the cards he was dealt
Cassidy was the exact opposite of Claude Julien. He gave the Bruins youth a chance. Jake DeBrusk, Danton Heinen, and Sean Kuraly may not have gotten such a great opportunity if Julien was still the coach. Cassidy seemed to embrace the young guys, and his new up-tempo style of play matched this team perfectly.
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Cassidy also had to deal with a ton of injuries. He truly made some great lines with the cards he was dealt. Patrice Bergeron and Charlie McAvoy missed some significant time. Adam McQuaid also missed a good chunk of the season.
This season was a great success for Cassidy. In his first full season, he almost led the Bruins to the top seed in the Eastern Conference. If Cassidy is able to lead the Bruins to a Stanley Cup it would be amazing and a true testament to how great a coach he is.
It looks like the Boston Bruins may have found one of the best coaches in the NHL.